May 11, 2018 Subject:
First of three nights, Chi fa78
This SBD is the best available for this show. As noted, it has the same (missing) tracks as ID-11486, but sounds better. 11487 has the full show, even though 128612 is perhaps the better AUD. Lot of hopping around for this one, so it doesn't make for a pleasant archival dig. On top of that, I agree with much of the reviewers, Keith struggles this show-- as perhaps he does for much of the fall. I'm also not sure what's going on with the Dancin'. Is Donna lead-vocals? At any rate, it sounds confused, as does the Deal set closer. KG and co. sound much better the next night. Doesn't happen often, but I disagree with doug_the_dude, this is not four-star dead. On a re-listen I'll upgrade to a three. Gave an initial two largely on account of audio frustration and chopped lists. Check out TLEO, sort of awesome version, actually. The scarlet-fire is mellow and groovy, getting some attention on headyversion (4): "Scarlet gets very out there and spacey at times leads to a nice hot fire with a Weir slide solo during the second jam." Someone else notes that it's the best of the month, hah yes. Drums/space is definitely better than the spring Chi shows a few months prior, and the show closes strong post-space with Black Peter->Truckin' and US Blues to encore. All told, I'd steer clear of this one, plenty of better ‘78s out there.